Op-ed in Los Angeles Times: Fractures, trauma, amputations: What medics see when they rescue migrants at the border

FEB 17, 2019 | 3:15 AM 

We found her in a ditch a few steps away from the rusted border fence on the east side of Nogales, Ariz., an inch-and-a-half laceration on her swollen forehead. She came from Guerrero, one of the most violent states in Mexico, and could not remember how she landed on the rugged surface after her grip on the top of the barrier failed and she fell.

Six firefighters carried her to the ambulance, which took her to a helicopter bound for the regional trauma center in Tucson. Captain Lopez recorded the incident in the logbook when we returned to the firehouse: “1107 Medic 2, Engine 2: Dead End Freeport — Jumper/Head Injury.” This was two lines below an entry logged earlier that morning, for a teenage boy who had come down with a 102-degree fever while locked in a cell at the Border Patrol station after agents apprehended him in the desert: “0951 Medic 2: 1500 West La Quinta Rd — High Fever.”

Continue reading: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jusionyte-border-emergency-responders-20190217-story.html

What Emergency Responders Face on the US-Mexico Border

Listen here to the interview for The Takeaway on PRI/WNYC/WGBH aired on November 20, 2018.

In 2017, 415 migrants died on the border, according to the International Organization for Migration. As of 2016, the U.S. Border Patrol employed more than 4,100 first responders, 730 emergency medical technicians and more than 70 paramedics. That response force is assisted by local fire departments, ambulances, and volunteers. 

Harvard professor Ieva Jusionyte has worked as an emergency responder in both northern Mexico and in southern Arizona while conducting fieldwork — and she says responders are often stretched thin. She compiled her research and experiences into a new book, “Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border.”

How the U.S.-Mexico Border Became a Political Flashpoint (by John Donovan, HowStuffWorks)

"[The border] became this site, an object, a metaphor even, where we misplaced very real economic insecurities and social anxieties," Jusionyte says. "So it is the wrong answer to very important questions about the conditions of our society." 

Read the story here: https://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/us-mexico-border-became-flashpoint.htm 

Research article "The Wall and the Wash" published in Anthropology Today

Based on ethnographic research with firefighters trained as EMTs (emergency medical technicians) or paramedics in northern Sonora and southern Arizona, this article in Anthropology Today takes the vantage point of emergency responders on both sides of the US-Mexico border to trace the harmful effects of the security assemblage on those who inhabit and trespass this militarized landscape. Interested in the materiality of security – how its discursive and affective qualities are anchored in urban and desert terrain by means of infrastructure and technology – this article focuses on two such ‘anchors’, the wall and the wash, in order to address the legal and ethical issues that result from the deployment of tactical infrastructure on the border.

Ieva Jusionyte: US, Mexico depend on each other in emergencies

When Republican presidential candidates talk about the U.S.-Mexico border, they emphasize the need to strengthen security by building a bigger wall, arguing that these measures would seal the country and prevent the movement of illicit drugs and unwanted people. Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent announcement of a Border Drug Strike Force also focuses on combating traffickers. What proponents of border fortification fail to understand is that in emergencies, such as wildland fires and chemical spills, communities in the southern fringe of this country rely on receiving help from Mexico. Instead of planning how to separate the U.S. from Mexico, it is in the government’s best interest to pass legislation that facilitates binational cooperation. Continue reading: http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/ieva-jusionyte-us-mexico-depend-on-each-other-in-emergencies/article_935d39dd-0577-5bc9-8b5d-0aa12b1c8b5b.html